The Effect of Principle, Behold the Man

Object Number: 
ca. 1806
Overall: 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. ( 29.2 x 29.2 cm )
printed: all over: "THE EFFECT OF PRINCIPLE/ BEHOLD THE MAN/ GEORGE WASHINGTON, / BORN 11th February O S 1732.../ E PLURIBUS UNUM/ COMMERCIAL UNION/ THE BRITISH LION" cross-stitched, black thread: top right: "S"
Copperplate-printed cotton kerchief with a full-length portrait of George Washington beneath a tapestry and above three vignettes in indigo ink on a white ground; vignettes represent a lion with a flag, a ship on the ocean, and an American bald eagle armorial; text on either side of the portrait, portion of the Farewell Address to the left, obituary to the right; backwards S stitched in black thread above the Farewell Address.
Gallery Label: 
The portrait of Washington on this kerchief was derived from the engraving by James Heath, Historical Engraver to his Majesty and to his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, which was done from the original painting "General Washington" by Gilbert Stuart, in the collection of the Marquis of Lansdown, and published on February 1, 1800, in London. This kerchief was originally printed as a companion to "The Love of Truth Mark the Boy" (1941.117).

Herbert Ridgeway Collins, Threads of History: Americana Recorded on Cloth, 1775 to the Present (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institute, 1979), 63.

Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group